Queens Quay Clydebank

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Queens Quay, Clydebank

IES Consulting performed an energy masterplanning feasibility study for the regeneration plans at Queens Quay in Clydebank west of Glasgow. Detailed proposals have now been put forward to local authority planners outlining the vision to transform the former John Brown’s shipyard which has lain derelict for years. The plans for the 23 hectare site, which are expected across a 10 year period, include a major residential development, retail, commercial, leisure, a new health centre and care home.

The focus of the assessment was to investigate the potential for a Water Source Heat Pump positioned in the quay itself, sourcing renewable energy from the River Clyde basin. The Scottish Government had set up the Water Source Heat Pumps Challenge Fund to encourage uptake in this technology alongside decentralising energy generation. Water source heat pump projects have been noted to offer the potential to make a big contribution to the Scottish Government's commitment to decarbonising Scotland's energy system by 2050. The Challenge Fund can offer support of up to £75,000 to assist with the development of an investment grade business proposal. It was through this route that our client was in a postition to bring our extensvie technical capability on board to create an energy masterplan of the proposed site from which we investigated the heating, cooling and domestic hot water energy demand.

The analysis involved creating a 3D geometry representation of the existing and proposed buildings which will form Queens Quay. Existing buildings included Clydebank College, the Titan Enterprise Business Centre and Aurora House, plus the soon to be completed construction of the new Clydebank Leisure Centre. Through a single dynamic simulation encompassing all the residential and non-resi phases IES were in a position to report on the half-hourly loads needed to size the WSHP operation. In addition IES performed a benchmarking exercise to compare the expected energy consumption range and communicate these against published benchmarks.

IES took the analysis further and performed energy masterplanning appraisal of potential future climate by running the dynamic simulation against CIBSE Test Reference Years for 2020 and 2050 which incorporate the UKCIP09 climate change scenarios. 


With the Challenge Fund up to £2 million of financial support is also available, where that value is 50% or less of the total cost of the project, to support a commercially viable demonstration project. The Water Source Heat Pumps Challenge Fund has been set up to:

  • Accelerate the delivery of large scale water source heat pump projects supporting district heating schemes in Scotland through the provision of renewable heat
  • Help develop proposals for the utilisation of the heat in Scotland’s rivers, lochs (sea and freshwater) and canals, delivering significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and/or energy consumption, which are sustainable on a long term basis, commercially and environmentally
  • Support the development of viable water source heat pump schemes which will have a positive social and economic impact on Scotland and the local community

The Water Source Heat Pumps Challenge Fund is being organised by the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP). The LCITP is a collaborative partnership between the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Scottish Futures Trust and sector specialists.

The LCITP will offer help and funding to support the development of low carbon and renewables projects to help ensure Scotland's energy system remains affordable to consumers by maintaining and developing secure supplies of energy and diversifying its sources of heat generation and supply to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, and therefore support a resilient heat supply.